North Carolina Police Officer Dies From Saturday Shooting
Left: Lucien Fenner. Right: Shelby Police Officer Tim Brackeen, Courtesy: Shelby Police/WCNC
Shelby police officer Tim Brackeen, who was shot Saturday, died Monday at Carolinas Medical Center, his department said.
Brackeen died at 11:42 a.m., Shelby police Chief Jeff Ledford said in a statement. The suspect in the shooting will now face upgraded charges of first-degree murder, he said.
“At this time our department asks for everyone to keep Officer Brackeen’s family and the entire department in their thoughts and prayers,” the chief said.
Gov. Pat McCrory announced earlier Monday that the state is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the shooting.
Investigators have identified the suspected gunman as Irving Lucien Fenner Jr., 23, of Grover, North Carolina.
Brackeen, 38, was assigned as a K9 officer, police said. He was named the Shelby department’s officer of the year in 2012. He was married and had one daughter.